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Artist biography Roberto Rodriguez
Cuban composer and percussionist Roberto Rodriguez brings groundbreaking new music through his original musical voice. Rodriguez draws upon his influences across the board of traditional Cuban music roots to contemporary music in the genres of pop, rock, jazz, world music, avant-garde and classical, making him one of the most versed performers as well as an unique artistic voice. Roberto Rodriguez was born in El Vedado Habana, Cuba. He studied violin, piano and trumpet at Caturla Conservatory of Music in Habana, and trumpet and drum set from his father, trumpeter and arranger Roberto Luis Rodriguez. Roberto began playing drum set professionally at the age of 13 in Miami with his father’s ensembles, as well as Israel "Cachao " Lopez.
Roberto Rodriguez has performed and recorded with many great musicians such as Rufus Wainwright, Joe Jackson, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Celia Cruz, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Paquito D'Rivera, Julio Iglesias, Miami Sound Machine, Paul Simon, T-Bone Burnett, Lloyd Cole, Reuben Blades, Susie Ibarra, Larry Coryell, Dr. L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Kim Karnes, Phoebe Snow, Dianne Shure, Lester Bowie and Leo Wadada Smith. He currently leads his septet, Septeto Rodriguez.